15 Historical Places In Hyderabad | Best Historical Monuments!

Hyderabad Historical Places

Golconda Fort, Char Minar, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Mecca Masjid, Chowmahalla Palace, Purani Haveli, Falaknuma Palace, Taramati Baradari, Malwala Palace, Toli Masjid, Thousand Pillar Temple, Paigah Tombs, Spanish Mosque and many other amazing places.

The city of Nizams, Sultans and the capital of Telangana, Hyderabad is home to a lot of historical places. The gorgeous monuments, forts, mosques, and other imperial structures showcase the very essence and the rich past of the Hyderabadi culture. They have successfully maintained the royal aura and grandeur that the Nizams were known for. 

Among the many historic places to see, the iconic Char Minar is one of the most-visited and an unmissable monument. A two-minute walk away from it is the Mecca Mosque which is India’s largest mosque. In addition to that, the city prides itself on being home to several opulent palaces like the Chowmahalla Palace and the luxurious Falaknuma Palace that are famous for their architecture. So explore the below-listed places and know about their interesting history.

Here is the list of historical places in Hyderabad:

01

Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort

Among the most famous historical places of Hyderabad, Golconda Fort tops the list. This 400-year-old historic monument located in the western part of the city attracts a lot of architecture and history lovers. Golconda Fort has the world-famous diamond mine and was once the home of the Kohinoor Diamond.

Golconda Fort was also once the house and the administrative center of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The massive fort is one of the untouched grandeur of India and from the top of the fort, one can see the marvelous streets of western Hyderabad. 

Location - Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad - 500 008

Timing - Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 5.30 PM

Fee - Rs. 5 for India tourists and Rs 100 for Foreign Tourists

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Char Minar

Char Minar

Located in the heart of the city, Char Minar is among the most famous historical places in Hyderabad. With more than 400 years old, Char Minar reflects the foundation of the rich culture of Hyderabad. Situated amidst the popular Laad and Chudi Bazaar of Hyderabad, Char Minar attracts many Indian as well as international tourists. 

With its Indo-Islamic and Persian style of architecture, Char Minar is an architectural marvel. Initially, it was built as a Madarsa or a Mosque and due to this, the locals and some visitors offer their prayers in Char Minar. 

Location - Charminar Road, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad -  500 002

Timing - Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 5.30 PM

Fee - Rs. 5 for Indians and Rs 100 for Foreigners

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Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Housing the tombs of the members of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, Qutub Shahi Tombs are among the top historical places in Hyderabad. Located in the Ibrahim Bagh, Qutub Shahi Tombs are built-in Mughal Style of architecture in a dome-shaped structure.

Reflecting the power and richness of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, the tombs here are built-in single and double-storeyed 
structures. The walls here are engraved with art and design of the ancient Shahi style. Also, inside the Qutub Shahi Tombs complex, one would find the Great Mosque where people offer their prayers. 

Location - Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad - 500 008

Timing - 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Closed on Friday)

Fee - Rs. 10 Adults and Rs 5 for Kids

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04

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

One of the oldest Mosques in the city, Mecca Masjid or Makkah Masjid is the largest mosque in India which can accommodate around 10,000 people in it. Built from 1614 to 1694 by Muhammad Quli Qutub and his family, Mecca Mosque is an architectural wonder reflecting the rich lifestyle of the Quli Dynasty and it is one of the best historical places in Hyderabad.

It is located close to Charminar and can be easily reached from any corner of the town. Along with Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar and Char Minar, Mecca Masjid is one of the famous historical places in Hyderabad. 

Location - Laad Bazaar Rd, Khilwat, Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002

Timing - 4 AM to 9.30 PM

Fee - There is no entry fee in the Masjid

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Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace

Built in the 18th Century, Chowmahalla Palace is a splendid monument which housed the Asaf Jahi Dynasty and the Nizams of Hyderabad. With domes style architecture inherited from the Nizam period, Chowmahalla Palace is one of the most popular historical places in Hyderabad.

The palace complex includes some wonderful fountains, lush gardens and places like Clock Tower, Roshan Bangla, and numerous small palaces. The vast courtyard of the palace was once the venue of popular religious festivities and important meetings. 
A must-visit event in the palace is the Annual Chowmahalla Music and Dance festival where one can witness numerous mind-blowing performances. 

Location - Motigalli, Khilwat, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002 

Timing - 10 AM to 5 PM. Remains closed on Friday

Fee - For Indians - Rs 80 
         For Foreigners - Rs 200
         For Children - Rs 10
         Photography - Rs 50, Videography - Rs 100

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06

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum

Located in the southern part of Hyderabad near the Musli river, Salar Jung Museum is one of the three National Museums of India. It was inaugurated in 1951 and has a collection of various textiles, manuscripts, metallics, ceramics, and clocks from countries like Japan, China, USA, Nepal, Burma (now Myanmar), Egypt, Europe, and India. Salar Jung Museum has around 38 galleries which are spread on two floors and it is one of the best historical places in Hyderabad.

One of the most popular art pieces in the museum is the sculpture of Veiled Rebecca made by Italian Sculptor Giovanni Maria Benzoni. The artist only made 4 Veiled Rebecca sculptures and the other three are in the United States. 

Location - Salar Jung Road, Naya Pul, Darul Shifa, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002

Timing - Daily 10 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Friday)

Fee - Rs 20 for Indian
         Rs  500 for Foreign Visitors
         Rs 50 for Still Camera
         Free for Students with ID Cards (up to 18 Yrs)
         50 % Concession for defense personnel in uniform & organized Kisan parties.


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Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari is an ancient and historical Sarai which was built in the 1880s. Baradari is a building with 12 open doors to allow free-flow of air and Taramati Baradari is one of its kind monument in Hyderabad. It is located along the Musi river near the Persian-style garden, Ibrahim Bagh and is very close to Golconda Fort and it is one of the best historical places in Hyderabad.

Taramati Baradari is now an open complex with an auditorium that can accommodate around 1600 people. Alongside an auditorium, the Baradari also has an air-cool theatre, a banquet hall and a very famous multi-cuisine restaurant. 

Location - Ramdev Guda, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500031

Timing - Daily 11 AM to 6 PM

Fee - No entry fee

08

Malwala Palace

Malwala Palace

Among the historical places of Hyderabad, Malwala Palace is one of the oldest palaces dating back to the 17th century. This historical monument is located in the Moghalpura area of Hyderabad.

Malwala Palace adopts its architecture from the early styles of the Rajputana Kingdom and the finest Mughal architectural patterns. The palace has some of the rare design patterns with a special teak wood style furniture. 
The palace is located on the eastern side of Char Minar. 

Location - 563, 23-1-563, Rathkhana St, Panje Shah, Moghalpura, Hyderabad 500 002

Timing - It is open 24 hours every day.

Fee - No entry fee in the palace

09

Toli Masjid

Toli Masjid

Located in the Karvan suburb of Hyderabad, this majestic, giant, and flamboyant mosque is only 2 km away from Golconda Fort. Among the historical places of Hyderabad, Toli Mosque or Damdi Masjid is considered one of the finest places in the city.  Its brilliant Qutb Shahi style of architecture is breathtaking and attracts many tourists from all over India. 

Constructed in 1671, the front side of the mosque has 5 arches or openings which have lotus designs on them. There are two pillars embarked on two sides of the mosque and each of the pillars is around 20 meters tall. The mosque is also popular in the locality for its cleanliness. 

Location - Toli Masjid, Karvan, Hyderabad - 500 006

Timing - Daily 10 AM to 6 PM

Fee - No entry fee

10

Thousand Pillar Temple

Thousand Pillar Temple

The oldest and one of the famous historical places in Hyderabad, Thousand Pillar Temple or Sri Rudreshwar Temple is located in a small town of Hanamkonda near Hyderabad. The temple is estimated to be built between 1175 to 1324 by King Ruda of the Kakatiya dynasty and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Surya. 

Thousand Pillar Temple is considered a masterpiece in architecture due to its varied and unique architecture. The thousand pillars of the temple are carved with various patterns and designs of animals like elephants and cows. The sculpture pattern of the Kakatiya Dynasty is one of a kind and is only visible in this temple. 

Location - Hanamkonda, Telangana 

Timing - Daily 5 AM to 9 PM

Fee - There is no entry fee

11

Paigah Tombs

Paigah Tombs

Among the historical places in Hyderabad, Paigah Tombs is one of the widely visited places. Located in the Pisal Banda region and in the interiors of Hyderabad, The tombs is the resting place of the members of the Paigah family who were the loyal patrons to the Nizams and houses more than 100 tombs of the Paigah family

Paigah Tomb is an architectural marvel made out of lime and mortar and some of the most beautiful marble carvings. With amazing floral designs and marvelous architectural pattern on the tombs, Paigah Tombs are decorated in a very fine way.

Location - Paigah Tombs, Pisal Banda, Near CharMinar, Hyderabad

Timings - 10 AM to 5 PM (Except Friday)

Fee - No entry fee

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12

Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar Lake

Among the most popular historical places in Hyderabad, Hussain Sagar Lake tops the list. It is renowned as Asia’s largest Artificial Lake and was built in 1563. The lake is popular for the big monolith of Lord Buddha which is situated at the heart of the lake. Also, the lake has a 3 km long dam wall that connects the twin city of Hyderabad Secunderabad. 

The lake is bordered by Indira Park, Sanjeevaiah Park, and Lumbini Park on 3 sides and is a very popular getaway place from the city. Due to its heart-shaped design and bordering, the lake is declared as the “heart of the world” by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. 

Location - Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad.

Timing - 10 AM to 6 PM

Fee - No entry fee

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Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace

The most luxurious hotel of Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace is a very prestigious place in Hyderabad. Taj Falaknuma Palace is located on a hillock of around 2000 meters above the city of  Hyderabad and is a popular hotel among the royal guests.

The palace was once the home of the Paigah family and then it was owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. It covers an area of 32 acres and is only 5 km from Charminar. The palace is entirely made up of Italian marble and Italian architecture design and has around 60 rooms which have a considerable collection of Nizami paintings, statues, books, and Venetian chandeliers. 

Location - Falaknuma, Hyderabad

Timings - Open 24 hours 

Fee - Entry only via Telangana Tourism Board

Weekend Tours - 
Tour Option A: Rs.3,100/ Adult and Rs.2480/ Child
                              Inclusions: Entry Tickets, Tea & Snacks, A/c Transport, Tour Guide

                             Tour Option B: Rs.2,000/Adult and Rs.1,600/ Child
                             Inclusions: A/c Transport, Tour Guide

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Purani Haveli

Purani Haveli

One of the historical places of Hyderabad from the golden era, Purani Haveli is a remarkable structure that was built to serve the Peshwa Mir Momen of Mohammed Quli Qutub. The haveli is one of the finest monuments of Hyderabad which functions as an art gallery and museum.

There are many things for tourists to see here like the longest wardrobe of the world, magical artwork of the Quli Dynasty and much more. 
With its 18th-century European style architecture, Purani Haveli also has antique furniture, big lawns, gardens, and exquisite tile work on the walls.

Location - Pathar Gatti, Near Princess Durru Shehvar Hospital, Hyderabad, 500002

Timing - 10.30 AM to 5 PM. Haveli remains closed on Friday

Fee - For Adults - Rs 80
         For Child - Rs 15
         Camera - Rs 150

15

Spanish Mosque

Spanish Mosque

Due to its church-like look and the influence of Spanish architectural style, Spanish Mosque is one of a kind mosque in India. It is located within the Paigah Palace Begumpet in the north of Hyderabad.  Spanish Mosque is also known as Masjid Iqbal Ud Daula or Jam-e- Masjid Aiwan-E-Begumpet and can accommodate around 2500 people. 

The other and unpopular name of the Spanish Mosque is Mosque of the Moors because of its Moorish or Hispanic style of architecture. The mosque is a very popular place and is a landmark masjid for the Muslim community of Secunderabad city. 

Location -  S.P. Road, Paigah Palace Begumpet, Hyderabad 500 016

Timing - 6 AM to 7 PM

Fee - No fee

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  1. What is Hyderabad famous for?

    Before India’s Independence, Hyderabad was one of the richest princely states of India. Hyderabad is famous in India for its production of semi-precious and precious jewels. Also, it is famous for various historical places that belong to the Nizam’s period and a few other tourist places like Ramoji Studio, Char Minar, Mecca Masjid etc.
  2. What is famous in Hyderabad for shopping?

    There are many markets in Hyderabad which are popular for a particular thing. For instance,

    - Laad Bazaar famous for Bangles Market
    - Shahran Market famous for Clothes
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  3. How can I spend 2 days in Hyderabad?

    There are many things and activities to do in Hyderabad. You can do the following things:

    - Stay in a hotel near Charminar as it is located in the heart of the city and is also close to many popular markets in the city.

    - There are various natural places where one can go like Hussain Sagar Lake, Sanjeevaiah Park and Nehru Zoological Park.

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